Are you a reliable root vegetable? A sometimes sketchy nightshade? Answer five questions and the answer will be revealed.

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Is this quiz even slightly vetted by psychologists? No, not even slightly but with farmers market season happening and bumper crops about to be upon us, I thought it’d be fun. This is not a fancy Buzzfeed-type platform, so grab a pen and paper to keep track yourself. With just five questions, it’ll be a breeze.

1. Which picture comes closest to best describing your ideal home aesthetic?


Go for the bathrooms. Or don’t. Hold it in. I don’t care. Go vegan.

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Quick note: I haven’t been to all of these chains’ bathrooms. Also, I am not sure why I wrote this.

Not only is Arby’s Jon Stewart’s favorite punchline, I have a vague pre-vegan memory of sticky booths, something called Horsey Sauce (???) and it being the kind of place you could eat at on babysitters’ wages, which, not coincidentally, was what I was earning the last time I ate there.

Decent bathrooms in a pinch.

That’s all I’ve got.

It smells extra charred in here. Beggars can’t be choosers but unless I’m in the middle of nowhere and I have…

Tofu turns boys into girls and more disinformation from a radically nostalgic, dangerously influential organization

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When I was in seventh grade, I got a chocolate milkshake in my middle school cafeteria at lunch. My friend, who I presumed knew all the ins-and-outs of everything related to our school because her father was vice principal, told me, “You know, that’s made with soybeans.” She raised an eyebrow, waiting for the news to sink in and was instantly rewarded with my dramatic display. I can only imagine what I looked like: A classic double-take, honed from years of watching Warner Bros. cartoons, as I beheld the milkshake I’d happily guzzled not moments with fresh, newly disgusted eyes…

Grilling without killing has never been easier or more delicious

Who’s up for not heating up their kitchens? Who’s up for cooking al fresco? Who’s up for animal-free deliciousness hot off the grill? Meeeeeee! And maybe you, too.

Let’s make with the freshly-charred inspo, already!

Shake out your blanket, pack your sunscreen and get outdoors with these fun al fresco themed menus

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According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people in the U.S. can safely gather outdoors in small groups with other fully vaccinated people. As spring settles in and summer is around the corner — after well more than a year of isolation and one lost summer — I can’t think of a better time to plan a picnic. And since Covid times have been so drab and depressing, what would be a better palate cleanser than a themed picnic with friends and family? Nothing. Nothing would be better.

It’s time to gather your accouterments — for example, a blanket, cruelty-free sunblock

It’s time to expand who we think of when we think of who is considered a mother

The author with a rescued veal calf at Farm Sanctuary in 1998

Guess what? Sunday is Mother’s Day. As if you didn’t notice with the not-so subtle prompts in your email, the bouquet gauntlet at the checkout counter, the texts with family, nothing stops Mother’s Day, not even pandemic times, and the second Sunday of May is just a few days away.

It’s a little known but interesting fact that Mother’s Day has its roots in social justice and activism, not flowers and Hallmark cards. …

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Sherra Aguirre, author of the soon-to-be-released book Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease, discovered the positive health effects of a plant-based diet in her personal life and is passionate about getting the word out. Overcoming her own hypertension as well as mitigating her family history of high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, Sherra sold her successful business so she could dedicate herself full-time to promote reclaiming one’s health. Her book is going to be released in late May but is available for pre-order and you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and through her website,

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In the early spring of 1999, my husband and I went to Negril, Jamaica. It was a lovely, low-key, off-season trip, one where we spent most of our days on the beach or on the cliffs, riding bikes and wading in the dazzling turquoise ocean with a perpetual contact high. We were there ostensibly to gather information for a feature I was writing for a local magazine so we went up and down the beach town with my spiral notebook and our Canon pocket camera. I also had a little, dog-eared directory I have long since parted ways with of…

From quick, easy meals to weekend showstoppers, I’ve got you covered.

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Is it just me or is breakfast the most brain-stumping meal of the day? For one, you are perhaps a little groggy. For another, you probably don’t want to put that much thought into it. Breakfast is an important meal, though, getting your whole day set up on the right foot.

I have curated 50-plus vegan recipes, from quickies to more elaborate weekend meals, that will start your day out right. Don’t stare into your refrigerator or grab that boring box of cereal again and get started embracing tasty vegan breakfasts with this handy collection to inspire you.

Ten reasons why now is a great time to go vegan

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It’s always a good time to go vegan. There’s no time like spring, though, to rev up your transition. Here are ten reasons why this season is the reason it’s great to go vegan.

It’s springtime: there are new buds and change is swirling around us. There is nothing that is quite as buzzing with possibility as springtime and using the natural momentum of that can help to propel new growth in your own life. This is a great time for planning your garden and planting some early seeds. Metaphoric seeds of planting what you want to grow for a…

Marla Rose

Marla Rose is a Chicago-area writer and co-founder of and

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